The Orange County School Board at its May 23 meeting recognized several West Orange and Southwest Orange students for recent achievements.
Bay Meadows Elementary fourth-grade student Paayal Sonde won first place during the Florida 4-H Public Speaking competition.
Hamlin Middle sixth-grader Arthur Ferreira won the Orange County Public Schools Spanish Spelling Bee.
The board also recognized the Odyssey of the Mind student team winners from Thornebrooke Elementary: Emilia Sanchez, Grace Emerson, Sylvia Fiori, Eli Radmall, Tanner Krissman, Logan Frisch and Dean Brugal.
The chess team from Windermere High also won the recent Chess Club Tournament. Those students include: Aaron Gomez, Ethan Parekattil, Brandon Nova, John Piza, Gabriel Rugeles, Tyler Syzdio, Tyler Feldman, Aarav Joshi, Jayden Mathura, Shai Neudigate, Brenda Nova, Grant Stace and Victor Valvassori.